I have basically been skiddling about this week, ridiculously busy meeting new clients, and working on an amazing press campaign for a client and through all of it, I can’t stop hearing about cool stuff happening!
I have compiled some of it in a list on Tasting Britain, but since then I have heard so much more that I thought (having not posted anything for a while, that now is the right time to impart my food & restaurant in Cornwall knowledge and let others know about the amazing variety of events in Cornwall this weekend.
I had the fortune to go to a forage and feast event at the Gurnard’s Head last Friday, with Caroline Davey from the Fat Hen Cookery School. These events happen a couple of times a year, with Caroline also doing her own incredible courses throughout the year. Anyway, enough of my rambling about that, the full review will be coming up on Tasting Britain.
I did hear a lot about Don’t Wake the Fish, which is an event happening in the wonderful gardens of the Gurnard’s Head this weekend. It is a folky collection of amazing craft ales from various brweries around the county; a BBQ and lots of lovely music!
Now in its fourth year it has already gathered quite a following as being the antithesis of larger commercial festivals. Food will be provided by James Strawbridge in collaboration with The Gurnard’s Head and there will also be a barbecue (the restaurant will be open as normal).
There will be activities for the all the family including face painting, pot throwing, a Pucket tent and traditional garden games. The music schedule is as follows:
2pm- Pensans Morris Dancers
4pm- Frankie Davies
6pm- Johanna Graham Quartet
10pm- Black Friday
2pm- Abi Jade
4pm- Stone Roots
6pm- The Hoodle
8pm- The Odd Folk
10pm- The Sandy Acre 7
South Coast Mid Cornwall
On Sunday, in Penryn is I Fought the Lawn
. This is another small and very localised festival, which is aligned with the Penryn Arts festival
; wherein some excellent local bands will be playing to a predominantly Penryn-ian crowd. But those in Falmouth should hop along too, in support of the amazing arts scene in the area. There will be a bar and music, and as such the event caters to the whole family. Perfect for a bank holiday.
Speaking of Falmouth, the Quayside
pub is reopening this weekend after a massive refurb, and as such has loads of new ales and beers sourced locally on tap. With some of the best views in Falmouth, this relaunch will also see a new menu of locally sourced food at the Quayside
Locally sourced food in Cornwall
A Beer and cider festival in Mullion
is also happening over the bank holiday weekend. Mounts Bay Inn
will host their annual whitsun holiday event, where many local ales and ciders will be on sale, and there will be local live music too. Plus I have read that they have got fresh local lobster on the menu! Woo hoo!
A truly amazing sounding event is happening over at Carlyon Bay
; A pop up fine dining
event, serving oysters and a variety of lovely drinks. Right next to the divine Sams on the Beach
, this event will be on Crinnis Beach, and actually runs from tomorrow 22nd – 29th May. Reservations can be made for indoor tables, but people can also choose to rock up and eat, drink and have fun out on the beach.
Oysters from Cornwall
It’s also the beginning of the Fal River Fest
, which promises to be an excellent host too foods and craft beers, drama arts and much more. Activities include all sorts of water based activities from sailing to swimming. With lots of delicious eating at the food and craft market at Falmouth’s events square, and a wild food walk in St. Mawes on the 28th with expert Rachel Lambert.
North Coast Mid Cornwall
Tonight Retallack Resort and Spa
are hosting the FREE!
launch of their new Wake Park
. To celebrate opening a further action and adventure attraction, Retallack are hosting a launch night with all sorts of exciting prizes and promotions. There will also be pro wakeboarding demonstrations with DJs and bands performing and a fish and chip feast by former Master Chef winner and revered chef James Nathan. Such a friendly man!
To keep the beachy vibe, there will be loads of other activiteis at Retallack beach, such as volleyball, outdoor table tennis, fishing lessons and extreme beach fitness classes.
From 6pm tonight!
The 9th Bude and Stratton folk festival is taking place this weekend too. My old stomping ground, this will be an excellent place to enjoy food, drink and folk! Accompanied by my brotherfromanothermother, Jim Causley will be playing at the folk festival in Bude as part of the line up. Running from the whole bank holiday weekend: 22nd-25th May. Incredible food and hospitality, and some of the best sunsets can be seen from Beach House Hotel at Widemouth Bay, which we think is well worth a visit.
North Cornwall sunset
There’s almost certainly more to be getting on with this weekend and the weather does look as if it will be a little on the cool side, but without too much rain, generally speaking.
Whatever you’re doing in Cornwall, enjoy the amazing food and drink Cornwall has to offer!